Extending the Notion of Home Through the Language of Poetry

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  • David Farrah, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan

Abstract

This essay will offer a personalised, critical consideration of how the notion of “homeâ€, while remaining central to my vision as a poet, has evolved from the provincial to the international to the universal through the medium of landscape. It will accordingly ask the following question: how do we find a way to express ourselves through the features of a landscape we might not initially consider to be “homeâ€, in the language of poetry? In answer to that question, the Japanese concept of “shakkei†or “borrowed landscape†will be explored as it relates to both literary history and the more contemporary concern for the expression and cultivation of the individual self. In particular, the technique of “ikedoriâ€, or the “capturing alive†of a landscape will be examined. And finally, this essay will suggest that “shakkei†and poetry are much more than just metaphors for each other. Rather, they are organically and artistically linked mediums through which creative wonder is formalised, personalised and expressed.

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Author Biography

David Farrah, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan

David Farrah received his Ph.D. from Ohio University, Athens, USA and is Professor of English at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. His poems and essays have appeared in various journals, including Denver Quarterly, Kyoto Journal, The Ohio Review, and Poetry Ireland Review. His books, Small Sounds in the Brush (poetry and short tales), The Poems of Nunobiki Falls (translations), and Parity’s Ground (poetry), have all been published by Shinbisha of Tokyo.

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Published

2010-06-15

How to Cite

Farrah, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan, D. (2010). Extending the Notion of Home Through the Language of Poetry. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 4(1), 19–26. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/515

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